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2023-24 GHSA Basketball State Championship Recaps


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

CLASS A D-II

R7 #1 No. 1 Greenforest (26-5) vs. R3 #1 No. 3 Montgomery County (30-1), 1:00

R7 #1 No. 1 Greenforest (26-4) vs. R6 #2 Manchester (20-8), 3:00

CLASS 4A

R2 #1 No. 1 Baldwin (28-2) vs. R1 #1 No. 2 Hardaway (27-4), 5:00

R6 #1 No. 5 Holy Innocents’ (26-6) vs. R8 #1 No. 3 North Oconee (29-3), 7:00

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

CLASS 2A

R6 #1 No. 1 Mt. Paran (28-3) vs. R4 #2 No. 2 Josey (28-4), 1:00

R4 #1 No. 1 Westside-Augusta (27-4) vs. R3 #1 No. 4 Toombs County (29-2), 3:00

COED THREE-POINT CONTEST – 5:00

CLASS 5A

R5 #1 No. 2 Maynard Jackson (28-1) vs. R5 #2 No. 4 Midtown (27-5), 5:30

R6 #1 No. 1 Kell (27-3) vs. R2 #1 No. 3 Eagle’s Landing (23-7), 7:30

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

CLASS 3A

R8 #1 No. 1 Hebron Christian (29-2) vs. R7 #1 No. 2 Wesleyan (27-3), 1:00

R5 #1 No. 1 Sandy Creek (26-3) vs. R3 #2 Johnson-Savannah (20-11), 3:00

GIRLS THREE-POINT CONTEST – 5:00

CLASS 6A

R4 #1 No. 3 Marist (29-1) vs. R8 #1 No. 2 North Forsyth (31-0), 5:30

R5 #1 No. 1 Alexander (29-2) vs. R4 #4 No. 7 Riverwood (24-7), 7:30

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

CLASS A D-I

R6 #1 No. 1 St. Francis (23-7) vs. R6 #2 No. 2 Galloway (19-10), 11:00

R6 #1 No. 1 Mt. Vernon (23-9) vs. R6 #2 No. 2 Paideia (17-12), 1:00

BOYS SLAM DUNK CONTEST – 5:00

CLASS 7A

R4 #1 No. 1 Grayson (31-0) vs. R3 #1 No. 4 North Paulding (25-6), 5:30

R4 #1 No. 1 Grayson (29-2) vs. R3 #1 No. 2 McEachern (26-5), 7:30

GHSA Boys Basketball Final 4 Matchups


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CLASS 7A

Saturday, March 2 at Georgia State

R3 #1 No. 2 McEachern 63, R5 #1 No. 3 Wheeler 56: Rutgers-signee Ace Bailey dumped in 32 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks to lead McEachern (26-5) to the state championship. The Indians used a 9-0 run to pull away after Wheeler (25-6) had cut the lead to 47-46 at the 6:55 mark of the fourth quarter. Nnadozie Onyirimba tallied 11 points and 9 rebounds. During the postseason, Bailey has now averaged 32.8 points and 15.5 rebounds per game.

R4 #1 No. 1 Grayson 57, R6 #1 No. 8 Milton 40: Amir Taylor posted 13 points and 8 rebounds while Purdue-signee Gicarri Harris collected 12 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists as Grayson (29-2) punched their ticket to Macon where they will see McEachern, who they beat in the first game of the season 79-62.  Milton (20-11) saw Daniel Ogunyemi and Anthony Gause score 14 points apiece. Josh Dixon added 8 points.

CLASS 6A

Saturday, March 2 at West Georgia

R5 #1 No. 1 Alexander 93, R3 #1 No. 5 Woodward Academy 63: Kennesaw State-signee Braedan Lue posted 20 points and 11 rebounds. Gregory Dunson had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Torian Greene had 13 points, Jermaine Freeman had 11 and Chris Hutchinson added 10.

R4 #4 No. 7 Riverwood 79, R3 #2 No. 8 Jonesboro 63: Riverwood (24-7) raced past Jonesboro (22-11). Vanderbilt-signee Karris Bilal dumped in 30 points and Jalen Leonard posted 22 to lead the Raiders. Jonesboro was paced by Cortez Redding (21), Chris Jones (15) and Montez Redding (14).

CLASS 5A

Friday, March 1 at West Georgia

R2 #1 No. 3 Eagle’s Landing 69, R5 #4 Maynard Jackson 51: Bobby Buggs had 18 points followed by Dwight Brown’s 15 and John McQueen’s 10 to lead Eagle’s Landing (23-7).

R6 #1 No. 1 Kell 66, R8 #2 No. 10 Winder-Barrow 34: Cannon Richards tallied 14 points and 6 rebounds as Kell (27-3) overpowered Winder-Barrow (26-5) on their way back to the state championship. South Florida-signee CJ Brown added 13 points and 9 rebounds while Alabama A&M-signee Jaylen Colon posted 10 points and 7 assists. Chris McLavish had 9 points, 4 assists and 6 steals. Brayden Rouse had 7 points.

CLASS 4A

Saturday, March 2 at Fort Valley State

R8 #1 No. 3 North Oconee 65, R2 #1 No. 4 Baldwin 64: A putback from Khamari Brooks put the finishing touches on a fourth quarter comeback for North Oconee (29-3) to stun Baldwin (27-3) who trailed early but had a lead for a significant portion of the fourth quarter. Brooks finished with 28 points. Justin Wise scored 14 points, Justin Payne had 10 and Byrd Carter tossed in 8 points. Isaiah Dennis led the Braves with 21 points while Tre Lawrence and Karez Demory pitched in 11 apiece.

R6 #1 No. 5 Holy Innocents’ 52, R3 #2 Benedictine 45: Caleb Wilson shined with 18 points, 20 rebounds, 3 assists and 8 blocks as Holy Innocents’ (26-6) finally put away an upset-minded Benedictine (17-8).  Will Hopkins added 12 points and Devin Hutcherson had 10. Rhys Williams collected 9 points and 6 assists. The Cadets received 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals from Caleb Jones. Northern Illinois football-signee LaDon Bryant had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.

CLASS 3A

Saturday, March 2 at Savannah State

R5 #1 No. 1 Sandy Creek 66, R1 #3 No. 10 Carver-Columbus 32: James Madison-signee Micah Smith scored 19 points, Jacobi Robinson had 15 and Amari Brown netted 10 to push the Patriots (26-3) back to Macon for a chance to defend their state title.

R3 #2 Johnson-Savannah 55, R1 #1 No. 4 Dougherty 51:  Cormari Jones posted 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals while Favion Kirkwood put up 15 points and 8 rebounds and Joshua Quarterman tacked on 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists as Savannah (20-11) upended Dougherty (23-8) in dramatic fashion as the Trojans rallied and had a chance to take the lead with under a minute to go on an And-1 attempt but saw the officials whistle a charge thanks to Quentin James’ heroics to seal the deal for the Atomsmashers.  Kaleke Singletary-Jinks led Dougherty with 18 points while Jawuan Jinks had 11.

CLASS 2A

Saturday, March 2 at Georgia College

R3 #1 No. 4 Toombs County 47, R4 #3 No. 2 Butler 42: Tied at 39 with 3:59 to left to play, Toombs County (29-2) dug deep to trudge past a scrappy Butler team that wouldn’t go away even after trailing 30-20 at the break. The Bulldogs (24-7) held Toombs County to five points in the third quarter and eventually secured a 36-35 lead in the fourth quarter with 5:42 to play, capping a 16-5 run. Defense carried Toombs County even during their offensive struggles. Coach Jared Goodwin turned to a 2-3 zone midway through the fourth that helped stifle the Bulldogs as Toombs County would close on a 8-3 run to advance to Macon. Dominic Eason had an explosive first half with 17 points and finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Mike Polke added 8 points and 9 rebounds including adding two important free throws in the fourth quarter. Butler saw Kwamane Bridges tally 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks while Marcus Scurry contributed 11 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. Roosevelt Brown stuffed the box score with 6 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks.

R4 #1 No. 1 Westside-Augusta 70, R5 #2 No. 5 Columbia 59: For the third consecutive season, Westside-Augusta (27-4) eliminated Columbia (27-4) and now has an opportunity to three-peat as state champs. The Patriots leapt out to a 21-13 lead to start and held a 39-32 advantage at the half. In the third quarter, Columbia responded and trimmed the lead to 40-38, but Westside-Augusta would turn to a zone defense to stifle the Eagles. Eight different players scored for Westside led by DeMarco Middleton’s 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Dontrell Jackson contributed 13 points off the bench while AJ Jones netted 11 and Bobby Blackwell posted 10 points and 2 blocks. Columbia saw Quay Wallace lead all scorers with 22 points and 4 rebounds. JaMarcus Hatcher closed his career with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks.

CLASS A D-I

Friday, March 1 at Georgia College

R6 #2 No. 2 Paideia 56, R3 #1 No. 3 Savannah 39: CJ Harper took over in the fourth quarter with 9 points as Paideia (17-12) surged past a short-handed Savannah (22-9) after holding a 35-29 advantage following three quarters. Harper finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Freshman Tristan Mitchell scored eight of his 14 points in the first half and added 3  assists. Frank Jackson scored 9 points. Jermaine Edwards powered Savannah with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Maki Joyner-less Blue Jackets got 11 points from Jermontae Brown and 3 points, 9 rebounds and 8 blocks from Deshawn Davis.

R6 #1 No. 1 Mt. Vernon 77, R6 #4 No. 7 Mt. Pisgah 39: The Mustangs jumped out to a 15-2 lead and never looked back. Mt. Vernon (23-9) saw Sha’yah Goba rack up 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks while West Georgia-signee Xavier Shegog tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Mustangs outrebounded the Patriots 41-16. KJ Garris piled in 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Dennis Scott III had 9 point and 9 rebounds. Gabe Alterman had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Montevallo-signee O’Neill Connolly tallied 10 points in the loss.

CLASS A D-II

Friday, March 1 at Fort Valley State

R6 #2 Manchester 62, R8 #1 Warren County 60: Jayden Terry scored 24 points and Daryus Bryant had 14 to pace Manchester (20-8).  Torossie Leslie scored 19 points and Cosa Pender had 17 in defeat for Warren County (24-6).

R7 #1 No. 1 Greenforest 68, R6 #1 No. 3 Macon County 44: Michael Robinson netted 22 points for Greenforest (26-4) while Elijah Lewis and Caleb Kawela added 13 apiece. Macon County (27-4) was paced by Frankie Raines Jr.’s 17 points and Tyler Stephens’ 11.

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CLASS 7A

R5 #1 Wheeler 62, R2 #1 Campbell 57
R3 #1 McEachern 72, R7 #2 Norcross 57

R4 #1 Grayson 87, R7 #1 Peachtree Ridge 59
R6 #1 Milton 79, R2 #2 Pebblebrook 65

CLASS 6A

R5 #1 Alexander 62, R2 #1 Grovetown 47
R3 #1 Woodward Academy 51, R5 #4 Douglas County 42

R3 #2 Jonesboro 62, R5 #3 Langston Hughes 51
R4 #4 Riverwood 70, R6 #1 Woodstock 64

CLASS 5A

R2 #1 Eagle’s Landing 66, R5 #1 Tri-Cities 51
R5 #4 Maynard Jackson 77, R4 #2 Tucker 69

R8 #2 Winder-Barrow 66, R2 #3 Warner Robins 64
R6 #1 Kell 60, R2 #2 Dutchtown 46

CLASS 4A

R2 #1 Baldwin 58, R6 #2 Westminster 48
R8 #1 North Oconee 78, R3 #1 New Hampstead 58

R3 #2 Benedictine 65, R8 #2 Seckinger 58 OT
R6 #1 Holy Innocents’ 63, R4 #4 Whitewater 49

CLASS 3A

R5 #1 Sandy Creek 75, R1 #2 Monroe 44
R1 #3 Carver-Columbus 76, R8 #1 Hart County 53

R3 #2 Johnson-Savannah 57, R8 #2 Hebron Christian 50
R1 #1 Dougherty 71, R5 #2 Douglass 64

CLASS 2A

R4 #3 Butler 51, R6 #2 South Atlanta 47
R3 #1 Toombs County 67, R8 #1 Athens Academy 41

R4 #1 Westside-Augusta 78, R7 #1 Model 40
R5 #2 Columbia 55, R2 #2 Southwest-Macon 34

CLASS A D-I

R6 #2 Paideia 69, R1 #2 Pelham 54
R3 #1 Savannah 53, R7 #2 Darlington 49

R6 #4 Mt. Pisgah 66, R2 #3 Bleckley County 55
R6 #1 Mt. Vernon 73, R2 #2 East Laurens 57

CLASS A D-II

R6 #2 Manchester 61, R1 #2 Calhoun County 46
R8 #1 Warren County 76, R3 #1 Portal 74 OT

R7 #1 Greenforest 87, R3 #2 McIntosh County Academy 62
R6 #1 Macon County 69, R2 #2 Clinch County 53

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CLASS 7A

R2 #1 Campbell 75, R1 #2 Valdosta 49
R5 #1 Wheeler 63, R7 #3 Berkmar 51

R3 #1 McEachern 67, R4 #2 Newton 64
R7 #2 Norcross 54, R8 #1 Buford 48

R7 #1 Peachtree Ridge 50, R8 #2 Mountain View 41
R4 #1 Grayson 57, R2 #3 Carrollton 44

R6 #1 Milton 57, R5 #2 Walton 49
R2 #2 Pebblebrook 72, R4 #4 Archer 53

CLASS 6A

R2 #1 Grovetown 59, R4 #3 North Atlanta 36
R5 #1 Alexander 69, R7 #2 Alpharetta 53

R3 #1 Woodward Academy 54, R4 #2 Marist 39
R5 #4 Douglas County 53, R7 #2 Pope 50 OT

R5 #3 Langston Hughes 58, R7 #1 Sprayberry 51
R3 #2 Jonesboro 64, R4 #1 St. Pius X 55

R6 #1 Woodstock 65, R5 #2 South Paulding 54
R4 #4 Riverwood 95, R2 #2 Evans 71

CLASS 5A

R2 #1 Eagle’s Landing 52, R1 #2 Bradwell Institute 51
R5 #1 Tri-Cities 45, R7 #3 Hiram 41

R4 #2 Tucker 72, R2 #4 Jones County 40
R5 #4 Maynard Jackson 67, R6 #3 GAC 64

R8 #2 Winder-Barrow 94, R6 #4 North Springs 73
R2 #3 Warner Robins 76, R4 #1 Decatur 69

R6 #1 Kell 75, R5 #2 Chapel Hill 63
R2 #2 Dutchtown 55, R1 #1 Statesboro 42

CLASS 4A

R2 #1 Baldwin 66, R4 #3 Riverdale 46
R6 #2 Westminster 58, R5 #1 McDonough 50

R3 #1 New Hampstead 66, R1 #3 Cairo 46
R8 #1 North Oconee 91, R7 #2 Central-Carrollton 66

R8 #2 Seckinger 62, R7 #1 Sonoraville 49
R3 #2 Benedictine 66, R1 #4 Westover 52

R6 #1 Holy Innocents’ 62, R5 #2 Pace Academy 58
R4 #4 Whitewater 73, R2 #2 Spalding 61

CLASS 3A

R1 #2 Monroe 61, R3 #4 Calvary Day 41
R5 #1 Sandy Creek 92, R7 #3 Lumpkin County 22

R1 #2 Carver-Columbus 52, R3 #1 Savannah Country Day 47
R8 #1 Hart County 64, R7 #2 Pickens 62

R8 #2 Hebron Christian 63, R7 #1 Gilmer 59
R3 #2 Johnson-Savannah 61, R4 #1 Cross Creek 56

R5 #2 Douglass 79, R7 #4 Dawson County 42
R1 #1 Dougherty 73, R2 #2 Upson-Lee 57

CLASS 2A

R4 #3 Butler 58, R2 #1 Spencer 49
R6 #2 South Atlanta 47, R5 #1 Callaway 43

R3 #1 Toombs County 53, R4 #2 Thomson 44
R8 #1 Athens Academy 67, R6 #3 Walker 52

R7 #1 Model 63, R5 #3 ELCA 40
R4 #1 Westside-Augusta 67, R3 #2 Vidalia 37

R5 #2 Columbia 62, R6 #1 North Cobb Christian 58
R2 #2 Southwest-Macon 46, R1 #1 Sumter County 40

CLASS A D-I

R1 #2 Pelham 50, R3 #4 Screven County 47
R6 #2 Paideia 56, R5 #1 Jasper County 47

R3 #1 Savannah 75, R4 #2 Heard County 61
R7 #2 Darlington 64, R8 #1 Athens Christian 54

R6 #4 Mt. Pisgah 71, R8 #2 Rabun County 54
R2 #3 Bleckley County 68, R4 #1 Temple 48

R6 #1 Mt. Vernon 89, R5 #2 Oglethorpe County 61
R2 #2 East Laurens 68, R1 #1 Irwin County 60

CLASS A D-II

R1 #2 Calhoun County 72, R2 #1 Lanier County 61
R6 #2 Manchester 72, R8 #4 Towns County 58

R3 #1 Portal 54, R1 #3 Early County 50
R8 #1 Warren County 64, R7 #2 Christian Heritage 56

R7 #1 Greenforest 73, R8 #2 Greene County 32
R3 #2 McIntosh County Academy 43, R1 #4 Randolph-Clay 42

R6 #1 Macon County 79, R5 #2 Hancock Central 59
R2 #2 Clinch County 55, R1 #1 Mitchell County 50